There has been a lot of press publicity about this condition recently.
The proper veterinary name is Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy or CRGV. It is better known as Alabama Rot because it was first seen in Alabama USA in the 1980’s.
The first sign of the disease are unexplained areas of soreness on paws and legs mostly but can be elsewhere. Many dogs recover but a few develop severe kidney problems which despite intensive treatment can be fatal.
The cause is not known at this time so it is difficult to give precise prevention advice. But it has been suggested washing dog’s legs and feet after walks may help.
At the time of writing (end of June), there have been no confirmed cases in Essex. They have been concentrated in the South of England and in the western half of the country.
For a map of the latest cases, follow the link below.
So please beware of the signs of the disease and consult a vet if you are concerned.
For more information, go to www.alabamarot.co.uk